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Cheesy Potato Beef Bake

 Cheesy Potato Beef Bake
"I created this layered meat-and-potatoes casserole a few years ago when my mother asked me what I wanted for supper," shares Nicole Rute. "My family thinks it tastes great," adds the 15-year-old Fall River, Wisconsin cook.
8 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained, optional
  • 2 packages (5-1/4 ounces each) au gratin potatoes
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1-1/3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink;
  • drain. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Top with
  • mushrooms.
  • In a small bowl, combine the potatoes and contents of sauce mix
  • packets, water, milk, butter, salt, seasoned salt and pepper. Pour
  • over beef and mushrooms. Cover and bake at 400° for 30 minutes
  • or until heated through.
  • Sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes longer or until
  • cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 8
  • servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 243 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 908 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 16 g protein.